Low carb cheesecake
Chocolate Almond Crust:
1 ½ cups almonds (or 6 ounces)
¼ cup splenda
2 squares bitter chocolate, melted
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp. Vanilla whey protein powder
Grind the almonds into a fine meal in the food processor (if you grind your own with the skins on the fibre content is higher than if you buy them already ground as they likely use blanched almonds). Add the splenda and pulse to combine. Pour in the melted chocolate, then melted butter and process until evenly distributed. (I actually did this in a bowl with my mixer as my food processor is too small for this amount of food) Add the vanilla whey powder and pulse again to combine (I didn’t actually have any so left it out and the crust turned out just fine).
Turn out into a greased 10” springform pan, pressing the crust a little up the sides to cover the seam. Bake at 325F degrees for 8 minutes, allow to cool before adding the filling.
3 – 8 oz packages Philly cream cheese (I used the light as the carb count was the same)
1 c. Splenda
3 large eggs
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Allow the cheese to soften to room temperature. Beat the cream cheese and splenda together on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on high speed for 3 more minutes. Add the cream and beat again for a couple more minutes. Turn out into the cooled chocolate almond crust (10” springform pan). Bake at 325F degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting toothpick into middle of cake. Cake is done if the toothpick is clear, if not, bake for another 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing sides of pan.
Variations: I didn’t have bittersweet chocolate, so I used Lindt 85% cacao 4 sq. For crust, and made a topping with the other 4 sq. I calculated based on 10 pieces/cake, but I think we actually got about 13 slices out of it.
fat: 32.57g (satfat 15.37, polyunsat 2.7, monounsat 6.3)
Carbohydrate 14.2g – fibre 2.7g = 11.5 net carbs
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin D 2%
Vitamin E 31%
Vitamin B12 8%
Height: 5' 0"
Starting weight: 170
Goal Weight: 115
Mini goal: 159 by August 31
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